By Helen | July 4, 2009
Wishing everyone a very Happy 4th of July!
I love 3D stars. I’ve seen these as wall decorations and I thought they’d be fun to make for decorations for the Fourth of July.
I found a template for making 3D paper stars. Now…if you’re wanting to make a lot of these, I would recommend using a cutting machine. For my star, I opted to use my Cricut and the Cricut Design Studio (CDS) software. I used the Plantin Schoolbook Cartridge.
Place the star onto a soft surface so you can use a stylus to create score lines. I use the soft side of my Versamat. Tip: when scoring, press lightly – otherwise, you can go right through the paper.
I like to use my quilting ruler for paper crafting. You can use any straight edge. Line up the ruler from the tip of one star point to the inner point on the opposite side of the star. Score a line.
After scoring all the lines, crease them. The crease from the tip of the star point to the center where all the lines cross will be a mountain fold (it comes forward). The crease from the inner point to the center where all the lines cross will be a valley fold (it goes backward). If the star looks crooked…it is – there is a distinct top to this star shape and I happened to take the photo with the top point to the right.
To make it easier for decorating, I created templates for each of the star sections. I cut out another identical star. Then, I numbered each of the star sections and also the center and tip. This will come in handy later.
I scored the template, then using the score lines as guides, cut the star apart into the individual star sections.
I wanted to alternate the patterned paper I was using. All odd number pieces will be one pattern and the even number pieces a coordinating pattern.
If I were to use these pieces as cut, they would completely cover the star base. I wanted some of the white of the star base to show, so I cut roughly 1/8″ off the long edge of each piece.
To make it easy to assembly, I kept the template with the pieces I cut.
Now, start adhering the patterned pieces to the star base. I started with piece 1 and worked my way around clockwise.
And…voila! Here you have a finished 3D paper star.
I found what would be the natural top (lower right point in photo above) and punced two holes for adding a piece of hemp to hang the star. These make great decorations. Hang one in a gazebo…
On a door…
Or on a deck railing…
Have a very Happy 4th of July!